Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition ARCHIVE

Cathelijne Nuijsink, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zürich

Over 17,000 teams of designers from across the world participated in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition between 1965 and 2020, but only those entries that made it into the pages of The Japan Architect and Shinkenchiku magazine are preserved. This website, curated by Dr. Cathelijne Nuijsink, acts as a public platform that invites visitors from around the world to contribute to an alternative historiography of this long-running housing ideas competition from Japan. Alongside archiving the multiple winning entries, the website sets out to collect the rest of the 17,000 competition entries that did not win any award (and were not published) but are considered crucial in making the history of the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition (1965-present) more global and inclusive.

To contribute to the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition ARCHIVE, visit and select “submit your entry.” Research for this project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement 797002, “Architecture as a Cross-Cultural Exchange: The Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition, 1965–2017.”

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